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It's time for BeadDreams 2018!

"Necklace under the Tuscan sun" by Nadezda Gerber (Germany) was a second prize winner in the Seed Bead category in 2017. 
There is so much that I love about spring — the days are getting warmer and longer; gardening season is just almost here; the morels will start appearing soon; oh, and the June Bead&Button Show is just around the corner, which means it’s BeadDreams season!
"Golden Tassel" by Ellen Solomons took first place in the Objects and Accessories category in 2017. 

Now in its 19th year, BeadDreams is our annual juried competition showcasing exceptional bead and jewelry artistry from around the world. The pieces continue to inspire awe and amazement every year at the Bead&Button Show exhibit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thanks to our generous sponsors, finalists will compete not only for bragging rights but they will also vie for some really amazing prizes!

There are some great changes to BeadDreams this year! We are launching the inaugural YOUNG BEADER AWARD, open to any jewelry maker under the age of 25. Submissions can be jewelry, accessories or objects including single pieces or ensembles, sculptures, wall hangings, purses, shoes, or dolls. Materials can be any bead-related media. The Young Beader Award is being sponsored by Swarovski. 

Other categories in the BeadDreams competition include favorites like Finished Jewelry, and Objects and Accessories. Learn more about the categories, sponsors, prizes, and most importantly, how to submit to BeadDreams, right here. 


We're also excited to announce that metal and wire artists now have their very own competition with its own categories and prizes. We look forward to seeing handmade jewelry, accessories, sculptures, and more made predominantly with metal, and jewelry, accessories, handmade beads, jewelry-related objects, and sculpture predominantly made with wire in this prestigious new competition. 

The International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards will also include a category especially for young jewelry makers. The gift certificates that will be awarded in the STUDENT METAL AND WIRE category will certainly come in handy for deserving aspiring metalsmiths. 

The third place finisher in the Finished Jewelry category in 2017: "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by Regina Krawets (Australia).

Seeing as the talent in the bead world is absolutely astounding, we are expecting another spectacular turnout this year. And there is still time to throw your hat in the ring. Applications are being accepted until Friday, April 6. After that, we get to start going through the entries, ooh-ing and aah-ing over clever design details, gorgeous color palettes, and jaw-dropping workmanship as we select the finalists for the exhibit. It is always a truly humbling experience to see the amazing creativity and dedication that goes into the submissions. Thanks to all the talented designers who take part in this friendly battle every year – you are an inspiration to beaders and jewelry-makers everywhere!

I hope you'll consider applying for the contest! Check out this gallery of the other lucky winners from last year!

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